Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy Embrace - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday season with your loved ones!

I'm back with my first layout of 2020 :). For today's post, I went back to Paige's second, breathtaking collection, Take Me Away . If you are lucky enough to have it in your stash, go get it out now and start creating! I promise you'll love the process. While I love new collections, I notice that rediscovering old favorites fills me up with inspiration and so much joy.

While this collection is actually quite pastel as a whole, I managed to make a pretty bold layout with it haha! These colors make me smile during this dreadful, gray winter time!

I started out by die cutting the Folk Art Floral Background cut file (Design ID: 303006) from white card stock. I love folk art! Random fact: I used to do folk dance as a kid! I even danced with a decanter (filled with wine) on my head. I didn't drop it either, ha! Good old times!

I chose a few patterned papers to back my cut file. Once done, I decided on a background paper - I usually try several options, take a photo of them and then select something I like the most in that moment.

I actually wanted to scrap this photo in color but all that greenery in the background and my brown leather jacket just didn't go with my bold paper choices. I layered some tissue papers and a couple of die cut frames behind my photo, then glued it all down. Some of the embellishments are from other collections. My title for instance is from Paige's very first collection, Fancy Free! I had 2 of the chipboard sheets back then, most of which I already used up long ago. But I still had 2 of this red title, so it was time to use it. I was so happy that Embrace actually fits my photo perfectly!

Then I have a puffy sticker and a chipboard piece from Whimsical, a tag sticker from Pick Me Up, I believe. The suede bow, 3 of the buttons and the two small die cut frames behind my photo are from Take Me Away. The rest of the buttons are from my stash. Using a needle and twine, I stitched them on the layout.

I added my journaling with a white gel pen and splattered some white paint all over my background. Done!

I hope I could inspire you in one way or another! I'll be back with a new layout soon, which I also made with Take Me Away - but it will have a totally different vibe. I think, anyway!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Have an awesome day!


Thursday, January 2, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - January 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful a relaxing holiday season with your loved ones! We had a very quiet time at home, far away from our families. On one hand it's a pity we didn't get to celebrate Christmas like we usually do, on the other hand we also really enjoyed staying home. As you are reading this post we should have arrived in Norway! We are super excited about it! If you want to follow along our adventures, follow me on Instagram (zsoka_marko), I'll probably be posting photos in my Stories. We mostly will have NO daylight up north (as in, 24-hour darkness in Spitsbergen!), so I'm not sure what I will be able to photograph at all haha!

Anyhow, in the meantime I wanted to share my projects with the gorgeous Spellbinders January 2020 Small and Large Die kits!

But first, as a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Let's start with the Small Die kit because this is my favorite this month! I actually had made a layout first before I made these cards, but I will only be able to share that later in January! I've used the same paper collection, Take Me Away from Paige Evans on the layout and I was so smitten with it, I decided to use it on these cards too. I adore these colors!

For my first card I die cut the base layer from white card stock, then the letters and flowers from 4 different color patterned papers. I glued everything in place - for the flowers I used liquid glue, for the letters foam tape so they stand out more. I then attached this piece with more foam tape to my A2 size top folding card base. To finish it off I added some navy twine.

For my second card I cut a few strips of papers, mostly patterned papers. The navy is card stock because I didn't have any of the gorgeous navy floral patterned paper left :(. I adhered these to an A2 size top folding card base. This time I die cut the base layer from vellum. Gosh, I love love love vellum! I used white card stock for the letters but patterned papers for the flowers and leaves. Again, I used foam tape to give it all some dimension.

Next up is the Large Die kit! There's lots of hearts with different sentiments in this kit and while I've only managed to use two, I put the rest in the photo so you can see them :). 

Again, I used the same paper collection as above - but look at how different these colors are! I love how many different color combos you can come up with using the very same scrapbook collection.

On my first card I created two necklaces - these are also part of the die set! I added a sentiment, which I think is from the December card kit. I felt like this card didn't need anything else but I'm terrible at deciding when it's too little or when it's too much :D. 

On my second card I hung the charms on a piece of twine (and used foam tape to keep them in place). I stitched on some chipboard buttons and added a bow. I also die cut another sentiment (December Small Die kit!) which I then adhered at the bottom of my card base.

That's it! I hope you like today's projects and they get you in the mood to create!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Friday, December 27, 2019

Right Now - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty people,

I'm sharing my last layout with you for this year! WOW how fast this year went by again...I can't even believe it!

This layout was inspired by my uber talented DT peer, Steffi Ried! I actually was going to flat out copy hers because I loved it so much, but when I was working on it, the layout just kept changing lol. 

This tree paper is one of my favorites in Paige's Truly Grateful collection, it's such a sweet and colorful design. For a long time I had no idea what photo I could use with it, but then we went biking in the forest one weekend and it just all made sense.

I fussy cut all the trees, then layered them up, glued them together along the middle so I could bend up the sides to create some dimension. In retrospect, I could have added some colorful hand stitching to the branches but I didn't think of it at the time.

I chose a polka dot paper for my background and I added a wide strip of green paper as a reference to the forest, if that makes sense? I added a few layers of tissue paper behind my photo, then tucked it all in behind some trees. I didn't add a whole lot of embellishments: a date label, an epoxy sticker bird and a die cut banner around my photo as well as puffy dots in between the trees!

For my title I chose one of the epoxy sticker phrases because I love the font so much! It would have been a shame not to use it! I wrote my journaling next to the title, kind of filling up the empty space there.

That's it! Thank you so much for stopping by today as well as your continuous support over the year! 

I'm wishing a merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year to you and yours!


Truly Grateful collection: Paper 3, Paper 7, Paper 17, Epoxy Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts